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NY1 ItCH: A Kiss Of Death Before A Big Debate

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Tonight's Democratic debate at Hunter College should be interesting for several reasons. Here's a short cheat sheet with plenty of questions:

1) This is only the second televised debate in the race – and the first time the major Democratic candidates are sharing the stage in a TV debate with Anthony Weiner. How will they interact? Will they look like seven dwarfs (although Bill de Blasio would be a pretty big dwarf) or will they try hard to resemble the next La Guardia and make Frank Bruni less sad?

2) This is the first debate since Christine Quinn went into attack mode on Monday. Will she continue to swing away or will she soar above the fray and play Snow White?

3) With no serious Latino candidate (sorry Erick Salgado), what will the other six rivals say tonight to try to win the support of an incredibly important Democratic voting bloc?

4) This is likely the last televised Democratic debate until August. Will anyone try to do something bold or will everyone just try to run out the 90-minute clock?

5) The teachers union is expected to back Bill Thompson shortly before the debate starts. Thompson will likely talk this up tonight but will any of the other candidates – all of whom have been lobbying for the endorsement – agree with Mayor Bloomberg's Raymond Chandler-esque description of the endorsement as "almost a kiss of death"?

6) Will anyone embrace Mayor Bloomberg's legacy? Or will they all treat Hizzoner like Ed Koch at the end of his third term?

If I had the answers to these questions, I'd be a rich man. Or at least I wouldn't have to watch the debate. You can watch it tonight at 7 p.m. on NY1 or NY1 Noticias (in Spanish) and we'll have a special analysis program at 8:30 p.m. We'll also show 30 minutes of highlights at 10 p.m. – followed by a replay of the analysis program. Grace Rauh will be live tweeting highlights of the debate and the hashtag will be #NY1Debate.


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